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? >> flash point, syria. has assad backed off his chemical weapons threat? >> we haven't seen anything new for aggressive steps to move forward in that way. >> and hair envy. what will harry reid miss most about retired senator ben nelson? >> he had a lot of real hair. it's often that people call his office -- they believe he has a toupe. it's his hair. he will pull it for every time just to show you that it's real. i mean, he has hair like a 15-year-old, mr. president, and so i have to acknowledge i am a little envious of his hair. ♪ i want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy ♪ >> you wonder why we don't have a budget deal yet. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington, and first it was ohio. then, indiana i understand and wisconsin. now the labor mooumt is fighting for its rights in lansing, michigan. out in the cold voicing outrage on the steps of the statehouse over right to work legislation that governor rick snyder says he will be signing when it reaches his desk likely tomorrow. joining me now nbc's ron mott live in lansing. ron, what is the latest, and how did this come to a
intervene with president assad and try to convince him this is committing suicide with horrific consequences. it's one of the most -- this sarin gas, one of the most lethal gas that's ever been invented. and the second thing is to convince bashar assad, that i'm not sure he's convinced of, that the consequences of these weapons would have an immediate and devastating response. and reason why i say i'm not sure he believes us, he's watched us leave arack in disarray, he's watched al-qaeda return to arack, he's seen our consulate attacked and no one has paid a price for it for the deaths of four americans. he's watched al-qaeda return and take over mali, he's seen us announcement after announcement of withdrawal from afghanistan and a perception throughout the middle that the united states is withdrawing and weak and i hope he doesn't believe that because i do believe the president when he said he will act. but talking about red lines he's giving a green light to assad to do anything short of that. >> here's the problem with we will actor even our president saying that or other world leaders s
has made very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> earlier today, leon panetta. we'll have a report from the pentagon on syria in a moment. >>> first, shock waves in washington. a powerful republican senator suddenly calling it quits. south carolina senator jim demint will step down december 31st to lead the heritage foundation. it's a powerful conservative think tank in washington. demint says he can be more effective outside the senate. >> a lot of my role in the senate has been stopping bad things and saying no to bad things. but we need to do more than that and tell americans what we're for. one of the mistakes i think the republican party made the last two years is trying to make obama the issue without sharing with america bold reform ideas that get people inspired to get behind us. >> senator demint, huge tea party supporter. sometimes clashes with his own party's leadership. he is leaving with four years left in his senate term. earlier, he said h
be consequences. it appears, though, to have very little impact on the assad regime which we now have learned has begun preparing, mixing and loading gas into bombs to use on its own people. now, this comes as fighting is moving closer and closer to the rebel -- or to the assad strongholds in damascus. sarin gas is one of the most deadly chemical weapons in all of the world. it can kill within hours if this not treated, and it can kill dozens and hundreds and thousands at a time depending on how it is used. keep in mind, it only has a shelf life of about 60 days, so once you mix it, you are on the cusp of using it. as this is all happening, president assad is reaching out to several countries seeking asylum, he's apparently reached out to cuba, venezuela and ecuador, also several arab countries have reached out, the possibility of offering him asylum. now, none of this seems to have changed assad's mind. a spokesman for him, though, is saying he will never leave syria, and he would never use chemical weapons. clearly, megyn, things are happening in syria that have a potential for a very deadly ou
of the radical rebel groups in syria fighting the bashar al assad government a foreign terrorist organization. our arwa damon is inside syria right now. we're going to get her reaction. that's in the next hour. >>> also, if secretary of state hillary clinton runs for president, is it game over for the republicans chances in 2016? a former republican presidential candidate has a scary prediction for his own party. to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious. we're having such a great year on the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. now is the perfect time to visit anyone of our states. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride, go fishing or just lay in the sun. we've got coastline to explore and wildlife to photograph. and there's world class dining with ou
community, though, worries that an increasingly desperate president assad will end up resort to go chemical weapons. secretary clinton was to go to morocco for friends of syria group which is focused on ways to strengthen the syrian opposition. a stomach virus will delay her trip until tomorrow. the u.s. has not recognized the opposition, syrian national coalition, but that may happen. there's been some concern because of who makes up the syrian nationals including some of those folks with connections to al qaeda. the u.s. and nato allies pressed for assad's departure but any u.n. action has been blocked against assad and tess piety a flurry aimed at the foreign minister at lyclinton's last st in dublin. fundamental decisionses about reforming syria's political system must be made by syrians themselves without outside interference. a disappointing statement for a lot of those trying to get the russians off of a assad's side. opposition should agree to the parameters of a transition period. looking for a solution to the conflict but continues to oppose making the exit a precondition. the u.s
will formally recognize the syrian opposition forces fighting with syrian president bashir al assad. here's what the president told barbara walters. >> we made a decision that the syrian opposition coalition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the syrian people in opposition to the assad regime. >> this, by the way, comes nearly a month oafter britain ad france recognized the coalition. the move is important to the coalition. it is looking to get rid of this man, al assad, but it doesn't mean washington will be giving them weapons any time soon. that is a huge sticking point. defense secretary leon panetta is saying there is no new intelligence indicating assad's regime is moving any closer to using the chemical weapons that had so many people on edge just earlier this week. >>> tonight, we are also learning that an american has been held in north korea for more than a month now. according to south korean newspapers, kenneth bayh is a tour operator who was detained after someone on his to
explanation, suggesting that president bashar assad changed his mind. >> i like to believe he got the message. we made it clear and others have as well. >> go back now. maybe that is people who realize that this is not the way to go. >> the white house reiterated the u.s. did not provide weapons to the syrian opposition. >> the opposition on providing lethal aid has not changed. >> they are concerned about the arm swelling in jihadists among rebels in syria like what happened in libya. >> we have in mind shaping the post assad environment. to look to libya and the resurgence of al-qaeda there. especially what happened in benghazi. >> the obama administration is expected to recognize the fragmented syrian opposition in morocco. >> prosecutors say two alabama men arrested on terrorism violence wanted to wage violence overseas. one captured in bus terminal in augusta, georgia, and the other was taken in atlanta attempting to board a flight. judge said the would-be suicide bombers and spend ten years in prison. prosecutors say mazri wanted to become a fighter for al-qaeda and al shabab terror gro
continue to advance on damascus, prompting concern that president assad's regime will respond with chemical weapons. question, should the u.s. intervene in any of these here now is mark ginsburg, former white house middle east advisor. welcome back, mark. here's the thing. we drew a red line, president obama drew a red line over these chemical weapons of mass destruction. at what point do we have to start bombing them to prevent them from moving and utilizes those weapons of mass destruction? when's that happen? >> larry, the fact of the matter is that i already know some of those weapons have been moved and put into the hands of the iranian revolutionary guards operating in syria and also i believe some of it has been sold to hezbollah. so as far as i'm concerned, there's some of that red line that's been crossed. but to answer your question, the fact remains is that if the intelligence report says, as the president and the press reports are leading us to believe, that precursors have been loaded into those shells, somehow or another we're going to have to incinerate from the air those wea
al-assad out of office. that word came today in the russian newspaper, "kommersant." it said moscow is convinced assad will not go voluntarily, no matter what pressure is applied. meanwhile, u.s. defense secretary leon panetta said chances of the syrian regime resorting to chemical weapons may be easing. he spoke during a flight to kuwait. we have seen not seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in that way, but we continue to monitor it very closely. we continue to make clear to them that they should not under any means make use of these chemical weapons against their own population. >> sreenivasan: also today, the united nations reported the number of syrian refugees fleeing the fighting has grown to more than 500,000, all across the middle east. and inside syria, rebels captured a second major military base near the northern city of aleppo. new details have emerged from south africa on the health of former president nelson mandela. the government announced today that military doctors are treating him for a recurring lung infection. mandela is 94 years ol
. it certainly wasn't a big item. but listen, we know now, intelligence tells us now that bashar assad in syria has sarin gas and he is partially loaded them on his fighter bombers that now pretty well established. it's not just fox news reporting it and nbc news reporting it. it's intelligence sources in washington and elsewhere abroad. now it is pretty clear that they have taken at least the preliminary steps. however, and here is where i differ from the vice president, i believe that the secretary of state, hillary clinton, and the president of the united states has made very, very clear that that is our red line. we will not allow syria to use weapons of mass destruction -- >> gretchen: how do you stop it? >> i think you have to militarily, sadly, gretchen, i think it would mean the direct involvement of the united states and nato in -- >> brian: and they're welling up troops on the border right now. >> i think it's pretty clear if assad was to take that last desperate step, it would be his end. >> gretchen: i guess my question is timing. let's say that he decides to do it. how do you stop
. but bashar al assad continues to deny pressure. reports say they are preparing chemical weapons components that might be used against rebel forces inside syria. chad sweet is the former director of operations with the cia, the former chief of staff with the department of homeland security. it's nice to have you with us. i should appreciate it. so the signs that i have just mentioned and kind of listed there are very ominous. not just for folks here in the united states who worry about the role of the united states, but also for people in the region and outside the region too. does this mean that we have operatives who are filling us in on what's happening with the chemical weapons components and the degree to which they are being put on to these war heads? >> it's highly likely that the combination of sources have provided this intelligence. some of it is coming from human intelligence from our spies as well as allies of the saudis and the turkish intelligence. but the bottom line is it's coming from a variety of technical means. signal intelligence. the signs are pointing towards some typ
cliff talks. syrian rebels are gaining what would be assad regime do? we'll hear from richard edgel on the border and david ignacious here, and an award winning documentary on the war on drugs, a war with unintended consequences. that next on andrea mitchell reports. could only come from nature. new nectresse. the 100% natural no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. celebrex can be taken with or without food. and it's not a narcotic. you and your doctor should balance the benefits with the risks. all prescription nsaids, like celebrex, ibupr
assad will use chemical weapons on his own people. he says he's desperate to cling to power and crush the uprising that started almost two years ago. he accuses assad's forces of already spraying pesticides and dropping phosphorous. >>> the archaeologist who discovered the titanic on the ocean floor says noah's ark happened. the black sea was once fresh water lake overrun by an enormous wall of water from the rising mediterranean sea. he found new evidence of that 400 feet below the surface of the modern day black sea. and those are your headlines. >> steve: that's great. meanwhile, later on today, the michigan house of representatives is going to take up two bills. they were passed by the state senate in michigan on thursday. their right to work bills. what they would do is make effectively michigan the 24th right to work state in the country, which means you would not have to join a union as a precondition of employment. for instance f you're a teacher and you don't like the fact that you got to pay union dues and it goes to political causes you don't support, going forward, you won
will end syrian president bashar al-assad regime. it will pave the way for those looking to oust bashar al-assad. secretary of state clinton had been due to attend the meeting had to cancel her trip due to illness. her deputy william burns will leave the u.s. delegation. an international study done every four years say asian students lead the way while u.s. students still do better globally. fourth graders have to improve their scores in reading and math, but progress seems to fall off by eighth grade where math and science scores are stagnant. a new law took effect in colorado. there were no crowds and little fanfare as the state became the second to legalize marijuana. a handful of activists led up on the capitol steps, and the governor shared his approval in an announcement on twitter and in an e-mail. those of the latest headlines on c-span radio. >> punch me, strength and me. take things from me. sit on me. >> did it to him hard to >> he is not safe from the autobus. >> i have been done that autobus. they are as good as gold. >> all of us in this country are starting to see people talk abou
warned embattled president bashar al assad against such action, defense secretary leon panetta says syria may be backing away from the threat. here is what pa net ta said early this morning on a flight to kuwait city. >> we haven't seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in that way, but we continue to monitor it very closely and we continue to make clear to them that they should not under any means make use of these chemical weapons against their own population. >> and here's an example of how just murky the divisions are in syria, later today washington will declare one of the group of rebels a foreign terrorist organization. according to federal documents the group is merely another alias or al qaeda in iraq. >>> this morning we know the name of the navy s.e.a.l. killed during a raid to rescue a kidnapped american doctor in afghanistan. the s.e.a.l. is identified as petty officer first class nicolas checque. barbara starr joins us from the pentagon with more on petty officer checque, a member of s.e.a.l. team six, the same elite unit that of course took out os
. the fighting in syria spilling over into neighboring lebanon. supporters and opponents of assad exchanging fire there. four people have been kill and a dozen wounded. >>> on violent end to a standoff at a fast-food restaurant. sacramento police and swatted teams surrounding this jack-in-the-box yesterday. investigators say that a suspect held two female hostages inside for at least three hours. one of the women reportedly escaped on her own and according to reports, officers determined that the remaining hostage was in immediate danger. so police opened fire wounding the suspect. remaining hostage was unhurt. the suspect later died at the hospital. >> gregg: new reaction to that deadly crash involving a dallas cowboys player. josh brent now facing up to 20 years behind bars for alleged drunk driving accident that killed his teammate. casey stegall is live in arlington, texas. >> reporter: today a judge set bail at josh brent at $500,000. his attorney is now saying that is too high. it is more than the cowboys authorized him to pay and he is petitioning to get that lowered. meantime, brent has b
an increasingly desperate dictator bashar al-assad might do. we are watching developments in egypt where muslim brotherhood president morsi gives with one hand as he takes away with the other. the protestors growing and d.c. is increasingly anxious of. are the mainstream media being fair in their coverage of the conflict? our panel weighs in on that. senator john pwa ra barrasso joins us with his take on what happened in benghazi on septembe september 1111th. bill: taking a chance on green technology left some with a huge bill and not a single benefit. [ roasting firewood ] ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. >> a sharply dressed little shopper caused a little stir and it was not bill hemmer. he is often confused for bill hemmer but is not in a stylish shearling and a diaper. you see these things when you're christmas shopping. witnesses say he was just as confused as they were. >> all the people were trying to call it towards them but it was very scared, darting all ov
syrian rebels in an effort to end assad's regime. the u.s. doesn't plan to provide arms to the rebels. >>> and from our parade of papers, "the dallas morning news." north korea has defied international warnings, firing another long-range rocket. the second such launch under new leader kim jong-un. korean state tv claims the launch was successful and that the rocket delivered a, quote, peaceful satellite into orbit. >>> this is a big morning now. >> it is. he's here. >> he's here in the flesh in new york city in the studio. >> 12-12-12. happy 12-12-12. >> top 12 reasons, something. >> willie and i since 11-11-11 -- >> i was watching you. >> and we're, like, on the holiday inn over on 57th. we're going to be ready when it's 12-12-12 because that's going to be a special day. we'll make a top 12 list of the things a man should do to -- >> and we want to get this right. >> we're going to get it right. >> because we were so wrong about y2k. >> we really were. >> the millennium. >> we really were. you know what? let's not kill hamlet in the first act. we're going to give you our special top
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